Rhizotomy in West Palm Beach, FL
Damage to the discs in your spine may cause pain and other symptoms. In such cases, Charles S. Theofilos, MD, a renowned neurosurgeon and the founder of The Spine Center, may recommend rhizotomy for men and women in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens, south Florida and other areas of the world.
What is Rhizotomy?
The joints along the back of your spine can become damaged due to wear and tear and/or trauma. Like all joints, they have a small nerve that talks to your brain telling it there is pain in the area. Any small movement of the joint (even breathing) can trigger the nerve to tell your brain you’re hurting.
Rhizotomy is a procedure performed on specific pain fibers in the spine. It is recommended for patients who experience chronic, debilitating back pain and spasms. Rhizotomy is typically recommended because steroid-based facet injections are not a viable long-term solution for pain.
How Does Rhizotomy Help with Pain?
Coolief* and the rhizotomy procedure use heat to disrupt the function of the nerve, so it can no longer transmit the pain signal to your brain.
What Happens During the Rhizotomy Procedure?
Dr. Theofilos uses a special instrument to disable the affected nerve at the facet joint. This prevents the nerve from sending pain signals to the brain and effectively reduces patient experiences of discomfort. The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes and you’ll be sedated so you won’t feel it. Afterwards you may be sore for about a week, but then the pinching and aggravating pain should be relieved. Most patients experience long-lasting pain relief but the procedure may need to be repeated later in life. These procedures can be performed at his office under supervised anesthesia IV sedation to allow for a pain-free experience.
What Happens During a Rhizotomy Consultation in West Palm Beach, FL?
Symptoms of facet joint damage mirror other conditions, so you should be properly diagnosed by Dr. Theofilos before undergoing treatment. During the consultation, Dr. Theofilos will verify your diagnosis of facet joint issues via digital x-rays, MRI and other diagnostics. You may receive facet injections prior to your rhizotomy to determine the potential for symptom relief with the procedure. Patients who respond well to facet injections typically respond well to rhizotomy procedures. If you are a good candidate for rhizotomy, Dr. Theofilos explains the procedure.
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Facet joint injections offer patients in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens, south Florida and countries around the world with a short-term solution for back pain. For a long-term solution, Charles S. Theofilos, MD, offers rhizotomy to reduce pain signals from the affected nerve. To learn more about rhizotomy at The Spine Center, contact us to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Theofilos.